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Taking Rexipra and Depran. Habit of smoking cannabis. Suffering from withdrawal symptoms. ECG, thyroid test and echo test normal. Advice?

Hi Doc, I am taking Rexipra 5mg in morning & Depran 10mg in night as prescribed by my physician for last 6 months. My background is I am a normal working guy aged 29 years, I had been smoking cannbies for 4 years and i stop smoking immediately when one night i suffered a set back like i was going to die instantly got up from sleep & started to run here & there. I did all my reports like ECG , Thyrod, 2D Echo etc. Took the reports & all were ok with Heart Palpitations. Now I am all ok but sometimes get nervous feelings & nowhere to go. pls help
Asked On : Sun, 2 Sep 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

I understand your concerns. Having the habit of smoking cannabis might alter the way in which your body responds to prescription medications, i.e. rexipra and depran. Although there are no drug interactions reported, the psychological effects caused by the cannabis may affect the experience you have from your antidepressants. However, there are no withdrawal symptoms reported from cannabis. If your ECG, thyroid test and echo test are normal, I advise you to stop smoking the cannabis as you are at an early stage where you habit may have not reached the stage of dependence and your health may be salvageable in the long term. For the nervous feelings, please consult your psychiatrist as there may be a medication that could be prescribed.

I hope this helps. Take care of yourself and have a lovely day!
Answered: Sun, 7 Jul 2013
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